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Creating an environment where businesses and employees thrive.


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STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

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PROGRAMS

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PARTNERS/DATA

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

From management of the Bend Municipal Airport to oversight and allocation of the City’s affordable housing funds, Economic Development department staff work to connect urban development and workforce development to emerging and future trends to increase the number of jobs and number of businesses in Bend.

Strategic Objectives:

  • Increase business satisfaction for those doing business with the City of Bend
  • Grow and develop a talented workforce
  • Ensure an adequate supply of land for employment and residential uses

PROGRAMS

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Affordable housing is a vital component in economic development. Availability of homes at all income levels means businesses have accessible employees with fewer absences, workers are more stable and invested in their community, children have the opportunity to thrive in school, residents can make healthy choices, and we create less overall environmental burden. Research has shown that stable, affordable housing is critical to enabling families to attend to other needs, be self-sufficient and productive members of the community.

For more information, go to the affordable housing page.


BUSINESS ADVOCACY

The Business Advocacy Program is designed to provide local business owners, and potential business owners, with a dedicated staff member within City Hall. Current Business Advocate, Ben Hemson, serves as your first point of contact for city related questions, keeps stakeholders in the loop on important developments, and engages members of the business community around relevant city policy or process issues.

For more information, go to the business page.


DOWNTOWN PARKING

There are many parking options for visitors and employees.


 

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WHERE TO PARK
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PAY A TICKET
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PERMIT

 

For visitors, on-street parking is available for 2 hours free and the Parking Garage at 61 NW Oregon Avenue is 3 hours free. Please note: the top level of the parking garage is permit parking only. Hours of enforcement are 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Saturday. If you did happen to enjoy Downtown Bend too much and need to pay your parking citation, there are options. For questions regarding parking downtown, please call 541-312-4910.

For more information, go to the Parking page.


URBAN RENEWAL

Urban Renewal is a state-authorized redevelopment finance program. Urban renewal areas use Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to reinvest or rebuild parts of cities that are physically deteriorated, economically stagnated, unsafe or where the old urban layout no longer works.

Bend has two established Urban Renewal Areas (URAs). The urban renewal areas are managed by the Bend Urban Renewal Agency (BURA). The two urban renewal areas Murphy Crossing and Juniper Ridge.

For more information, check out the Urban Renewal page.


BEND AIRPORT

The Bend Municipal Airport is identified as a Category 2, High Activity Business and General Aviation airport by the Oregon Department of Aviation.

  • Over 240 aircraft based at the airport
  • Over 137,000 estimated annual operations
  • Facilities include a single runway, 5260 feet in length
  • Corresponding full length dual parallel taxiways

Located on approximately 415 acres five miles northeast of the City of Bend, Oregon, the Bend Municipal Airport traces its history back to 1942.

For more information, go the Bend Airport page.

 


PARTNERS/DATA

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS

The City of Bend works with numerous agencies and local organizations to provide businesses with the right resources and opportunities for assistance. The four organizations listed below provide assistance to businesses ranging from startups to established industries.

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Bend Chamber of Commerce

When it comes to business in Bend, no organization has been looking out for the best interest of this community longer than the Bend Chamber of Commerce. Since 1926 the Bend Chamber has worked to support its mission to be a vital strategic partner creating resources and opportunities for member success, quality of life, engagement and meaningful impact.

From traditional Ribbon Cuttings to newer and more progressive programs such as “What’s Brewing" and Young Professionals Network, the Bend Chamber provides the tools and the resources Bend businesses, visitors, relocators, and the community at large need to succeed.

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Economic Development for Central Oregon

Founded in 1981, EDCO is a non-profit corporation supported by private and public members and stakeholders. Our mission is to create a diversified local economy and a strong base of middle class jobs in Central Oregon. To do this, we focus on helping companies do the following:

  • Move. We attract and guide outside employers through the relocation process as a resource for regional data, incentives, talent, site selection and more.
  • Start. We mentor and advise scalable young companies from concept to exit on issues such as access to capital, critical expertise, and strategy.
  • Grow. We partner with local traded-sector companies to help them grow and expand.
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Small Business Development Center

Are you a business owner or aspiring entrepreneur? Get management and technical assistance from COCC's Small Business Development Center. Take a practical workshop or request no-cost, one-to-one business advising. Our mission is to have a positive impact on the growth and sustainability of your Central Oregon business.

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Visit Bend

The Bend City Council created, empowered, and funded Visit Bend (formerly the Bend Visitor & Convention Bureau) to develop and build Bend's tourism industry. Visit Bend is an economic development organization whose primary function is to create an effective mix of marketing, sales, and service programs, which are designed to produce a positive economic impact of visitor and convention spending in Bend.


DATA RESOURCES

Snapshot of local economy (population, jobs, industries) 

If you’re a seasoned number cruncher you can access a suite of local and regional economic data via the links below. Need some extra help? Check out the Deschutes Public Library’s “Book a Librarian” service:

Oregon Employment Department: The Oregon Employment Department's Workforce and Economic Research Division provides accurate, reliable, and timely information about Oregon's state and local labor markets.

The Employment Department’s Regional Economist, Damon Runberg, produces frequent reports on labor trends in Bend, Deschutes County, and the East Cascade Region; available here.

Oregon Office of Economic Analysis: The Office of Economic Analysis (OEA) provides objective forecasts of the state's economy, revenue, population, corrections population, and Youth Authority population. These forecasts are used by the Governor, the Legislature, state agencies, and the public to achieve their goals.

http://www.oregon.gov/das/oea/

Book a librarian: If you need help getting a handle on data that you can use to help your business flourish, take advantage of the Deschutes County Public Library’s “Book a Librarian” service. County residents are eligible for a no cost one-on-one session with a professional librarian to review publicly available and subscription only data resources

Quarterly Business Registration List: Access a list of active Bend Business Registration holders, updated quarterly.

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